Len McCluskey

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BornLeonard David "Len" McCluskey
23 July 1950
English trade unionist

Employment.png General Secretary of Unite the Union

In office
1 January 2011 - 26 August 2021
Succeeded bySharon Graham

Len McCluskey (born 23 July 1950) is an English trade unionist who was General Secretary of Unite the Union from 2011 to 2021.[1][2]

Unite is one of ten unions backing Jeremy Corbyn in the Labour Party leadership election. The others are ASLEF, BFAWU, CWU, FBU, POA, RMT, TSSA, UCATT and UNISON. Owen Smith is supported by four unions: Community, GMB, the Musicians’ Union and Usdaw.[3]

On 3 July 2016, Len McCluskey told the BBC's Andrew Marr:

"Corbyn is a man of steel and he's made it clear that he will not resign. This has been a political lynching of a decent man – the coup has failed."[4]


Related Documents

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:Labour councillor demands refund from party after leaked report exposed sabotage of CorbynArticle16 April 2020Lamiat SabinSarah-Jane McDonough's demand for a refund came after Unite General Secretary Len McCluskey claimed that attempts by the "Senior Management Team" to sabotage Labour’s chances in the UK/2017 General Election could have broken electoral law.
Document:Progress MP joins Unite's unwaged section for GenSec voteblog post7 April 2017Joining Unite in order to participate in the General Secretary ballot is legitimate and some are known to have done so to support Len McCluskey. However, making a false declaration in order to do so ‘on the cheap’ is certainly not legitimate and such applications need to be rooted out and their votes invalidated.
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